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Do you know what my favorite dessert flavor combo is? Any guesses? No? Okay, I’ll tell you!
It’s……. C H O C O L A T E & P E A N U T B U T T E R!
I’ve tasted every chocolate and peanut butter dessert that’s come my way. Cake, cookies, ice cream, cupcakes, donuts, muffins, and candy, but it always comes back to one dessert. The chocolate peanut butter cup! I used to always buy a bag of a certain peanut butter cups, but I wanted to find a way to make them myself at home, and I did!
They’re so easy to make too! You can have homemade chocolate peanut butter cups in 15 minutes or less! I realize this could be very dangerous for some of us who have no self control, like me, when it comes to chocolate peanut butter treats, but you have to try it! Did I mention it only takes 3 ingredients to make these little chocolate peanut butter flavor bombs?
You only need chocolate chips, peanut butter, and coconut oil for the peanut butter cups, and sea salt and caramel for the drizzle. Could it be any easier? I think not!
I use mini cupcake liners for the peanut butter cups. It’s just like the real deal candy, and it makes clean up a breeze. Pick a cute pattern for the mini cupcake liners! I used a spiderweb pattern since it’s the first day of October, and I’m already gearing up for Halloween! Our decorations have been out since the middle of September!
You also need a mini muffin tin to make these treats. It’s the perfect shaped mold to hold, and help form the cups. If you don’t have one, go check your local thrift store, that’s where I got mine, they had quite a few stacked up. Although, if you wanted to make jumbo peanut butter cups with a regular sized muffin tin, I’m not judging! Actually, can you save one for me?! Pretty please with salted caramel on top?
The peanut butter it the most important ingredient of this recipe! I’ve tried it with creamy peanut butter, and crunchy, but it was just okay. My favorite peanut butter to use for these little cups, is Simply Ground peanut butter. It tastes like it just came out of the peanut butter grinder! It’s super creamy, but it has a little bit of a crunch to it. It spreads very easily and has the perfect texture for this dessert!
The wide mouth jar makes it really easy for you to dip your spoon into and then drag it around the leftover melted chocolate chip bowl. I’m not saying I did that, but I’m just saying it’s a good idea.
Speaking of chocolate, while you’re at Walmart picking up a jar of the Peter Pan Simply Ground Peanut Butter, make sure you pick up some chocolate chips too! You can make these peanut butter cups as soon as you get home!
I love that this peanut butter has no artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives, and you don’t have to stir it when you open it. It’s just ready to go!
- 1½ cups milk chocolate chips
- ¼ + 1 T cup coconut oil, divided
- 1 cup Simply Ground peanut butter
- ½ t sea salt
- ¼ cup caramel sauce
- Put the chocolate chips and coconut oil in a microwave safe bowl. Stir to combine, and put in the microwave for 90 seconds, stirring every 30 seconds until the chocolate it completely melted.
- Line the mini muffin tray with mini cupcake liners.
- Pour 1 teaspoon of melted chocolate into each cup. Put in the freezer for 5 minutes to set up.
- Remove tray from the freezer.
- Using 2 spoons, scoop 1 teaspoons amount of peanut butter with one spoon, and use the other spoon to scrape it off the spoon and into the cup.
- Pour 1 tablespoon of coconut oil into a small cup or bowl. Dip a clean spoon into it and use the spoon to smooth out the peanut butter ball, and press it into the edges. Having the oil on the spoon helps the peanut butter to not stick to the spoon.
- Pour melted chocolate into the remaining empty space in the cups, until it's filled to the top.
- Put in the freezer for 10 minutes.
- Remove from the freezer, and transfer to a wire tray. Drizzle caramel sauce over the top, and sprinkle sea salt.
- Serve immediately. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week.
Since I was tiny, my mom would always make my brother and I treat baskets for Halloween. This tradition continues to this day, but now I make her a treat basket too. In our baskets, we put all kinds of foods, snacks, special candies, or anything that’s considered a splurge.
I know she would love this new peanut butter, because she loves freshly ground peanut butter. I like to decorate each item like it’s a small gift. Whether it’s with stickers, ribbons or gift bags, decorating it makes it look extra special.
I found these cute translucent spiderweb treat bags at my local craft store. I knew they would be a perfect fit for the peanut butter as soon as I saw them! I loved all the glitter on them too.
Step 1 – Put the peanut butter jar in the treat bag.
Step 2 – Pull the strings together to cinch the top. Tie a knot with the excess ribbon, and cut off the ends, or wrap it around the top, if you want to reuse the bag.
Step 3 – With a contrasting colored ribbon, tie it around the top, and into a bow. Try to use Halloween colors, like purple, orange, green, or black.
Step 4 – Use some kind of embellishments to glue on to the bow. I’ve used 3D stickers before, or just little decorations, like the spider. Put a small dot of glue in the center of the bow and hold the spider on for 30 seconds, or until the glue is dry.
Try to pick embellishments that will match the bag you put the item in, so it all flows together. I picked a spider because the bag is all spiderwebs, it’s all in the details! I know my mom will love to get this in her Halloween treat basket this year, and I can’t wait to give it to her!
What’s your favorite peanut butter recipe? Is it sweet or savory? Let me know in the comments!